As events go, our retiring VC John Brooks must have been delighted to discover that Ed Miliband chose to deliver his key note speech on NHS reform in the atrium of the recently renamed, after himself, Brooks Building on the Birley campus. He’d even prepared a short speech, in hand:
By around 11am, a huge crowd had gathered that spanned the entirety of the ‘Spanish’ steps and spread upwards across all remaining floors of the faculty. Students, staff and the general public alike had come to hear the Labour leader;
I’ve not heard Ed Milliband speak live before. I was very impressed. He was entertaining, warm, obviously well prepared and came across as a natural and engaging person. After a 10 minute speech outlining the various NHS reforms his party would implement, he spent well over 40 minutes answering questions from the general public before responding to a few questions from political journalists from the BBC, Sky and ITV.
The other good news from John Brooks’ point of view, was that he clearly loved the venue. Here’s a snippet of video from the very beginning of the event when he clearly looked up and was seriously impressed by the wonderful building that is our Faculty of Education.
He even promised, in front of hundreds of witnesses, to come back for a consultation meeting with a group of student nurses once he is elected Prime Minister. Fingers crossed for the election result in May.